FROM SPECIAL OLYMPICS TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE
“I had one teacher tell me I would never make it through middle school or get into high school.” -- CAITLIN HASS.
“You will never amount to anything.” Those words coming from a doctor aimed at then 5-year-old Caitlin Hass, who lives with autism. A few years later, more hurtful words when a teacher told her she "would never make it through middle school or get into high school." And while those words are hard to understand for a young girl, they're exactly what drives 20-year-old Hass to succeed and push the boundaries set around her by others.
“My parents put me through a lot of early intervention activities to help me improve,” Hass said. “I’ve been a fighter my whole life, obviously it’s why I’m here.”
Hass, who performs clerical work for Human Resources at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, just earned her Associate Degree and is set to attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall where she plans to study communications. To say that Hass proved her naysayers wrong, is an understatement.
“Any time someone says I can’t do something, I’m like, ‘you’re wrong,’” says Hass. “That’s kind of my motivation for anything. I always think about what people told me I couldn’t do and I still use that as motivation to this day.”
Hass is also an outstanding athlete. A four-time medalist at the Special Olympics Colorado state swim meet, Hass has also qualified for the national Special Olympics games in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in the 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle and the 100m individual medley.
Caitlin's future goals include helping others just like herself. She is seeking a career as an advocate for others with intellectual disabilities “like myself.” For now though, she's using her experience at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office to help shape her professional work ethic and is excited to be a small part of a very big blue family.
Watch below as Caitlin Hass is featured in a 30 second commercial for Special Olympics Colorado!
WIN A FORD TRUCK!
Buy a $25 raffle ticket and support Special Olympics Colorado
The Ford Motor Company has generously donated a brand new 2019 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew pickup truck to the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an event which the sheriff's office participates in every year. Raffle tickets are only $25 each and can be purchased online. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Colorado athletes.
Special Olympics Colorado was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and most of its 2020 fundraising events were cancelled. Let's help them recoup their losses and win a brand new truck valued at $54K! Drawing will be held on November 10, 2020.
THE ACSO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The lobby of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is back open. We just ask you to please be patient as we are undergoing construction.
The only services we are providing in-person right now are fingerprinting and concealed handgun permits. You must schedule an appointment by calling 720-874-3929. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask while inside the building.
For more info and to find out the days and times we're open for appointments, please click below:
The Records/Civil/Warrants section will remain closed to walk in traffic. Please continue to conduct all business with us online including paying traffic fines, requesting public records and reporting crimes.
"Piping" for the community
Every night at sunset, somewhere in the U.S., bagpipes play during the COVID crisis. FOX31 News caught up with two of our Arapahoe County employees, Deputy Robert Bratsch and Technician Josh Kraus as they were piping at The Golf Club at Pradera just as the sun went down. As you'll see, the soothing sounds of their bagpipe music brings people together and inspires hope and unity during times of uncertainty.
Deputies from our traffic unit have a message for drivers: PLEASE SLOW DOWN! Last month, one of our deputy's caught a motorist driving 107 mph in a 55 mph zone on South Parker Road with his radar gun. Pictured is Deputy Robson running radar on Orchard Road.
"These excessive speeds endanger everyone on the roadway and can land you in jail -- with a reckless driving charge and 12 points off your license," says Robson.
Deputy Tasei, also caught a teenager driving 88 in a 45 mph zone on Arapahoe Road. The fastest Tasei has ever caught someone on that stretch of road.
"Please slow down everyone. There may be less cars on the road, but we're still watching you," says Tasei.
So remember, before you get behind the wheel... obey all speed limits and signs, be attentive and drive responsibly, never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and ALWAYS wear your seat belt.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit.
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
The annual Police Week gathering in Washington D.C. to honor our fallen men and women in blue was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but it didn't stop our deputies at the ACSO from remembering the fallen. Many of ours had the opportunity to attend in years' past and shared their photos below.
A parade to say "THANK YOU"
The sheriff's office was honored to participate in the "First Responders Parade" at Littleton Adventist Hospital on May 14 during National Police Week and National Hospital Week. We were there to thank the health care workers on the front lines of COVID-19 and to let them know we appreciate each and every one of them. More than a dozen law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies participated in the event, driving their emergency vehicles through the campus. Watch the video below.
RACE A COP!
High School Drags Youth Racing Day at Bandimere Speedway was a huge hit! Thank you to everyone who came out to race a cop on Memorial Day. Our deputies Condon, Bribiesca and Harmon say this is their favorite event of the year. Check out the fun photos below.